DOCS TO WATCH: FRESH PERSPECTIVES
This week we're handing over the DocHouse blog to our partners One World Media, to let you know more about the films and directors in the upcoming OWM Presents: Fresh Perspectives + Q&A, from 18th March 18:00 - 20 March 23:59.
When you’ve been staring at the same four walls since before we knew the true meaning of the term “unprecedented”, and you’ve started dreaming in gallery view Zoom windows, you know it’s time to shake things up.
Short docs are a tonic to life’s current monotony. A well crafted, compact story that can transport you into the shoes of a person on the other side of the world.
As a collaboration between DocHouse and One World Media, later this week we are screening a short doc programme directed by talented emerging filmmakers. Each unique story gives you a chance to step outside your own four walls and glimpse life from a fresh perspective: from a young Palestinian’s digital paradise to Russian factory workers’ new life post-space race.
All the films have been curated from the One World Media Fellowship, which acts as a springboard for new talent covering stories globally with creativity and integrity.
As we countdown the days to the screening and a chance to hear from the filmmakers, we are spotlighting each of the stories that will feature in the programme.
Book your free tickets to the screening here.
Directed by Roxy Rezvany
Life in Jerusalem is lonely for queer Palestinian teenager Shukri. That is until he discovers an online world of Western pop-stars preaching self-love and acceptance. In this digital paradise, his loneliness evaporates. But this online world isn’t real. Soon Shukri realises that in order to truly find himself, he must accept the truth about the world he inhabits.
In this 16mm documentary film, we follow Shukri from the hillside apartments of Amman to the sandy shores of the Dead Sea. We watch him confront the myths about the West and the East and how they have impacted his life. We discover that as the ‘Wifi Rider’, Shukri is able to create a new identity for himself, and a new generation of Arabs like him, who feel caught between an occupation, discrimination, and the universal growing pains that come with adulthood.
Director, Roxy Rezvany is a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent. She has been recognised by The Dots as one of their Creative Trailblazers of 2018 and featured twice in Broadcast Magazine as an up and coming director.
After a career in television which included the twice Emmy-nominated programme, Gaycation, her directorial debut Little Pyongyang, a short film about North Korean refugees, premiered in competition at CPH: Dox Festival, had its UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and was the winner of best director at Underwire Festival and best documentary at The Smalls. She is currently working on new projects supported by the Barbican & the BFI.
David in Brasilia
Directed by Ali Sargent
David In Brasilia gives the audience a front row seat to one day in the working life of David Miranda, the only black, LGBTQ+ member of Brazil’s national Congress, in the wake of the Vaza Jato scandal which undermined the legitimacy of Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency. It captures the life of a high profile politician, mixing high stakes drama with the day-to-day reality of fighting in the political trenches for an agenda he is literally willing to die for.
We see how David’s life involves being vilified and threatened with death one minute, then being asked for selfies with fans the next; how important matters of state go hand in hand with tawdry playground taunts, both at his son’s school and in the heart of Congress itself. In one day we come to intimately know a man who has decided to take the abuse of what seems like the whole country in order to represent his constituents in Rio’s favelas and do what he can to preserve Brazil’s fragile democracy.
Director, Ali Sargent is a filmmaker and translator from London. Her credits include from researcher through to field producer on films for HBO, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Business Insider. Her short films as a director have previously screened at the Tate Exchange, ICA, South London Gallery and at festivals. She is currently producing “Purity”, a debut feature documentary by Susy Peña and co-production between the UK and Sweden.
Directed by Rhys Aaron Lewis & Valeria Luongo
Tixinda follows 80 year old Habacuc, his son and grandson as they carry out their monthly pilgrimage to the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico to continue an ancient indigenous practice of harvesting the purple ink of a rare sea snail. The snail will then be brought back to their village to be woven into ceremonial clothes. During the film the men document the process and the risks it currently faces due to climate change and increasing development in the region.
Director, Rhys Lewis is a filmmaker, anthropologist and graduate of the Visual Anthropology masters from the University of Manchester. He has worked in TV as a researcher on various factual entertainment programmes for the BBC and Channel 4.
As a filmmaker he has produced several films related to immigration and identity in the UK and the USA, most recently co-directing a documentary about young undocumented Mexican immigrants living in Chicago, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
A story of one Soviet factory
Directed by Nadya Gorodetskaya
For almost 70 years, the Soviet Union operated on the basis of a centrally planned economy. Since the collapse of Communism in the early 1990s, Russia has experienced difficulties in making the transition to a market based economy – and so did the workers in previously state-run facilities.
The film visits one of these factories, deep in the middle of the Siberian forest, to see how they are doing in their transition to capitalism. The electromechanical plant was built in the 60s to serve the Soviet military and space industries, and had to find new ways of working to survive.
Director, Nadya Gorodetskaya is a freelance filmmaker from Novosibirsk, Russia, currently working and living in the UK since 2011. She worked as a photojournalist in various newspapers in Russia, and studied cinematography at the St Petersburg University of Film and TV.
Nadya works as a camera operator and editor, as well as managing a production company called Motiohead that specialises in 3D, animation and motion graphics.